EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016
Finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis has become a family event for us. Every year more family and friends join in to help raise money and challenge themselves to do something they didn't think they could do.
This year I am proud to say that Jasper will be running his first "marathon" in honor and support of his sweet cousin Natalie. He loves her so much and would do anything to help make life a little easier for her, so the decision to run to raise awareness and funding for research for Cystic Fibrosis was an easy one for him. He has been so anxious and excited, and his dedication has truly been inspiring. He has loved training with his Dad, even waking up early to run before school! When the morning of his marathon arrives, he will have already completed 25 miles, and will run the last remaining mile with his cousin Hailey (Natalie's older sister). He is already so proud of his success and so thankful to everyone who has sponsored and supported him in this journey. It is the kindness and generosity of people like you that will help researchers find the cure that Natalie and so many others need and deserve, and hopefully that goodwill will also inspire the next generation to open their hearts and minds to the struggles that face so many loving, courageous people around them.
This past January, Natalie was hospitalized for the for the first time. It was a new "scary" CF thing for all of us, something we didn't expect or want to happen so soon. It was a long 10 days of IVs, extra treatments, isolation, and procedures. All because she had a cold that just wouldn't go away. Her Cystic Fibrosis makes "normal" colds a threat. Her parents work hard to keep her as healthy as possible and out of the hospital, but there is only so much they can do.
To any of you who feel inclined to generously contribute to the cause, I would like to send a very warm and heartfelt thanks! Every amount counts toward a cure! May your generosity be multiplied and your lives enriched. Your kindness is so greatly appreciated!
Thank you for all of your past, current, and future support of our family and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!
Let's go TEAM NATTLE'S BATTLE!!!!
CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION wrote -
Help Us Find a Cure.
Our Run to Cure CF team in Pittsburgh continues to grow each year, as do our research efforts and the progress we’ve made in the search for a cure. Real progress toward a cure has been made, but the lives of young people are still cut far too short. Won’t you join us in continuing the search for a cure? Accept the challenge today and help add tomorrows to the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis by making a donation to one of our dedicated team members!
We've made incredible progress in the fight against cystic fibrosis, but we still need to strive to cross that finish line and find a cure!
What Is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections, and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.
More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.
The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the late 30s.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure. Thanks to the dedication and financial backing of our supporters — patients, families and friends, clinicians, researchers, volunteers, individual donors, corporations and staff, we are making a difference.
Learn more about Cystic Fibrosis and our chapter: http://wpa.cff.org
Learn more about our Run to Cure CF Program at: http://wpa.cff.org/runtocureCF
$100 - Kid's Marathon
$200 - 5K
$1,500 - Relay Team
$400 - Half Marathon
$500 - Full Marathon
Fundraising minimums must be met by April 29, 2015.